Category Archives: Shopping

Axiom lets you now PreOrder the New Blackberry Passport in Silver

Fancy the BlackBerry Passport in Silver ? Axiom got you covered here. From now on you can pre order the new Silver version. It is coming in at 1999AED which is a really fair price.

BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry Passport uses a 4.5inch display with a 1440×1440 pixel resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974 quad-core chip. Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM,  Snapdragon 800. The Passport runs with the BB 10.3 operating system. Its powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. The Passport  packs a large 3450mAh battery life, so usage times is a standout feature.

The Passport in Silver color will be available from 31.08.15.

Giveaway Time: Win 2x250AED Landmarkshops.com Shopping Vouchers!

Just recently we have reviewed Landmarkshops.com and today we are happy to be able to give away 2 Vouchers to be used on Landmarkshops.com courtesy of the friendly folks at Landmarkshops.com . Each Voucher has a value of 250AED which can be used on any of the products sold on the website except Emax.

Landmarkshops.com  combines a wide selection of Stores under one roof such as Centerpoint, Splash, Emax, Babyshop, Shoe Mart, Max orLifestyle. Though Emax is not included in these Vouchers there is huge variety of items to pick from, and surely something everybody wants or needs.

And this is how you can win:

Just participate below and have the chance to win. Please note that this competition is only for UAE based readers and the Voucher Codes will be mailed out to the winners on 21st of August.

Win a 250AED Landmarkshops.com Shopping Voucher!

Tried out: Landmarkshops.com

If you have been out to any Mall in Dubai or around the city even only a short bit of time chances are very high that you have seen somewhere a Centerpoint, Splash, Emax, Babyshop, Shoe Mart, Max or Lifestyle shop crossing your way.  If you, like me with kids, have to go to some of these very regularly and as well you spend much time in Electronic Stores than all this can get more convenient for you!

All above mentioned shops are accessible through the same internet shop, Landmarkshops.com. That means you can save yourself the hassle of finding a parking, running with family through the mall in search of the right items through multiple stores. Now you can do this all through the convenience of the internet, from wherever you want, well as long as you got an internet connection. Another great advantage, you don`t even have to carry it yourself! If will be delivered to your door.

OK, but does it really work well and does it deliver quickly ? Well, we have given it a try for you, and this is what we experienced!

I was looking for a backpack for taking when going to sports so looked around and had a surprising big choice which made it not easy to make a choice, but in the end I took the Kappa Sports Backpack on the cart which came in on 120AED, a fair price.  Another item we had been looking at was a Hand Bag. Unfortunately as well the choice in this section was too huge as that my wife could make a quick decision on it. But after ages of comparing and looking at the available models the choice finally came on the Rouge Olivia Tote Bag which came in at only 399AED. Not enough yet so the wife decided as well to go for a Fiorelli Zip Around Wallet which is really cool on the size, but not an option for me as man, obviously, coming with a price tag of 110AED this one was as well very reasonable priced in our opinion.

Finally it was my turn to check out on some good ol Electronics. First check on the DSLR section showed an OK but not huge choice on Canon Models. From beginner over mid range to full frame all is there, but new releases are sadly missing. I instead opted for a router which I required in order to extend the range at home. I found a pretty cool Linksys one which should do the job, so I added it to the card, with 459AED it had the same price tag as in stores, and I wouldn`t have to park and carry it, so it seemed reasonable to go ahead where usually I prefer to buy the most electronics in store.

Another pretty cool thing is that each order earns you Shukran Points (in case you collect them, I do), and that gives as well the choice to pay with Shukran Points! Or Credit Cards or Cash on Delivery if you rather prefer these methods of payment. We paid by card as it is easier to get anybody taking the delivery in case we are not home.landmark2

But placing the order is only half of the job unfortunately. There is as well the delivery. All items at time of order showed to be delivered within 2-3 working days. This is often promised but in my experience was rather rarely really delivered.  In this case I must say the delivery was spot on. They called in advance and came when they said they would, which never happened to me ordering via Shop and Ship or via souq.com.

Verdict:

Overall it was a very good experience, Landmarkshops.com gives plenty of choice across all their brands, new items are added as well regularly and the delivery is quick and on time. For me definitely the more convenient way to shop. No searching for Mall Parking, no hassle of carrying things around. All done with a click at the convenience of your home.

And on items over the value of 1000AED you have even the chance to pay them over 3 or 6 installments if you are a customer of Emirates NBD, Mashreq, NBAD or Samba. You see you are getting the full service here.

This weeks Roundup on BBM Stickers

Here we go again with another weeks collection of newly released BBM Stickers Packs.  We got this time 5 Sticker Packs which are all housing 20 different stickers and as almost usual all are setting you back 7.29AED per pack, well, all except the EId Al Fitr one that comes in on 3.69AED.

  1. Eid Al Fitr by Susilo Saptoady, the right Stickers for the Eid holidays.
  2. 50 Favourite BBM Stickers by BBM, 20 Stickers to enrichen your BBM conversations.
  3. Summer Boy by Swyft Media, some fun packed stickers to have for this summer.
  4. Inside Out by Disney,  some Stickers themed by the Disney Movie Inside Out.
  5. Monsters Inc. by Disney, stickers themed around the lovely movie with the same name.

You can check below all new Sticker Packs in detail in the Gallery after the Break!

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This is cool: Darth Vader And Stormtrooper Star Wars USB Car Chargers

If you like the Empire or not is one thing, but another thing to admit is that the guys on the Dark side definitely have a faible for technology. And lets be honest, The Galactic Empire seems to have it all: Cool Cookie Jars, Toaster, BBQ Sets and Fancy ships. They even got the financial budget to build not just one but two moon-sized space stations! And they certainly got power. Lots and lots of power.

Plug these Star Wars USB Car Chargers into your 12V vehicle power socket (cigarette lighter) to activate the power of the Dark Side. Specifically, you’ll get 2.1 Amps of electricity flowing into your phone, tablet, or USB charged Light Saber. Needless to say that I already placed an order for the Darth Vader version.

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Order from ThinkGeek.com : Darth Vader / Stormtrooper $19.99 each.

Vote your Favorite Dubai Mall!

Here in Dubai we got a huge selection when it comes to Malls. We got plenty of Malls covering all sorts of Stores. Granted, many Malls do indeed have the same stores as the most others ones. But if stores are not a reason to go, what is it that drives you to a specific one? Close by? Good Restaurants? Easy Parking?

I love to go to the Dubai Mall for example as everything I could possibly want to buy is there. But I like as well the The Beach for its flair and stunning location. Which one is yours? Vote below and sound off in the comments why this is your favorite mall!

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Stay charged up this Summer with Microsoft Portable Dual chargers!

Whether it is planning a fishing trip with friends this Summer or having a family outing at the park, we always end up exhausting batteries of our devices and the absence of an electrical source outdoors only adds to the hassle. Well, no need to fret anymore! The new 5200mAh, 9000mAh and 12000mAh portable chargers by Microsoft will make sure your devices stay juiced wherever you spend your summer.

Leading this powered up line-up is the most portable of all: the 5200mAh charger. With its slender design and pocketable shape, it fits perfectly into your pocket or bag, and is easy to carry with you wherever you go.

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For the more power-needy who might have more than one device or plan to stay out for longer, either the 9000mAh or 12000mAh charger might be the preferred option. While bigger in capacity and also physical size, these two are still portable and can easily be slipped into your bag, your glove-box, or in your tent while you prepare your smores.

All three portable chargers come equipped with not one, but two USB ports, which lets you charge more than one device at the same time.

The Microsoft Portable Dual chargers can charge your USB charging smartphone or tablet as fast as the AC-60 wall charger and can hold their charge for months at a time and still have up to 80% capacity after several months.

What more, all the chargers sport a easy-to-read LED power indicators, so checking your charging levels is quick and convenient and they all come in trendy, flashy colors complementing your personality and lifestyle.

The new Microsoft Portable Dual chargers will become available globally in select markets with an estimated retail price of USD 35, 45, and 55.

 

Reviewed: The Huawei P8

With the recently released P8 Huawei wants to play in the same league as the previous top dogs Samsung, LG and HTC. Whether the company from the Far East has succeeded this attempt or not is what we have found out for you in our test.

P8 – this is the name of the latest and best smartphone of the Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The phone was introduced in April 2015 at an event in London. It is the successor of the two high end devices Ascend P6 and P7 Ascend. It is a high-end phone as we are used to from Samsung or HTC, but can it keep up with the Galaxy S6 or M9 One ? Just opening the Box gives you already a feeling of a luxury item you are unboxing here. The Box is having a cool design and is very nicely build as well.

The Huawei P8 is available since a very short time in local stores here in the UAE. Currently you can only buy the version with 16 GB of memory. But there is something coming as well with 64 GB later on. Appearance and technology are almost identical though. The standard 16GB version comes in two colors Mystic Champagne (the one we are reviewing) and Titanium Grey. The so-called Premium version with 64GB memory will be available in the two luxurious colors Prestige Gold and Carbon Black.

P8 First Impressions:

 

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Build Quality & Design

The P8 is slim; It is just 6.4mm thin and feels solidly built and strong. We have slightly tried to bend the frame, useless: the chassis is build solid and resistant. The unibody is round off at the edges. According to Huawei, the process of producing this phone takes approximately 810 minutes. Only then do you get towards the phosphorescent appearance, hardness and processing precision. Similar to the Galaxy S6, S6 Galaxy Edge, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and many other devices as well the frame of the P8 serves as an antenna for different wireless technologies such as WLAN, Bluetooth and mobile.

The material is aluminum, the workmanship and build quality is very good. How does the device feel in the hand? The P8 has a very block-like form, almost like a block of Milka chocolate, which is not particularly ergonomic. The feeling, however, has improved a lot compared to its predecessors, mainly because the edges are rounded now. In general however it lacks of grip: The P8 easily slips out of the hands and the back has no adhesive. A cover or a sticker that adds some grip on the backside is highly recommended.

The P8 is not waterproof like for example the Xperia Z3. However, the case is nano-coated! That means that steam, water and raindrops cause no harm to the device. The phone has a mass of 144 grams, while it is 144.9 mm high and 72.1 mm wide. Despite the large 5.2-inch screen, the one-hand operation is still possible since the borders were kept narrow towards the display. In addition, a software mode can be activated which allows one-handed operation. For this purpose, you can sweep your finger over the virtual keys – from left to right or vice versa.

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Microsoft to open Authorized Reseller Store in the Dubai Mall

Passing by the Dubai Mall today the Nokia Store has finally closed down. After Nokia had been acquired by Microsoft I had always been wondering why the Nokia Store is not getting re-branded anyways. And now it seems this is going to happen.

No information though when the new new Microsoft Store will open in the Dubai Mall, but I guess it can’t be very long.